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Travel & Subsistence Expenditure

The Travel and Subsistence Expenditure budget is for travel and travel-related costs incurred by MPs or their staff whilst carrying out their parliamentary functions.

 

Budget for travel

The Travel and Subsistence Expenditure budget is not capped, because of the wide variety of circumstances faced by MPs and their staff. However, there are a variety of restrictions and conditions, and it is expected that you will seek to achieve value for money when using taxpayers’ money for such costs.

What can I claim for?

For MPs, this includes travel within your constituency (and within 20 miles outside) and ‘extended’ travel in the UK for parliamentary purposes. Non-London Area MPs are eligible to claim for travel between their homes or offices in the constituency and Westminster, while London Area MPs can only claim for journeys between the constituency office and Westminster. We do not cover commuting costs. There are also special provisions for travel to Europe and recalls of Parliament.

Many of the travel and subsistence rules are mirrored for your staff. However, journeys between the constituency and London are capped at 96 single journeys per year for staff, and staff cannot claim for extended UK travel or overseas travel. There are specific rules for any volunteers you engage.  

MPs may also claim for overnight hotel stays and other subsistence costs in certain circumstances where they have necessarily travelled for parliamentary purposes outside their constituency or Westminster.

How to claim

You can pay for your travel-related expenses in several different ways.  For rail travel, we offer a direct payment service for the Trainline by giving you access to an online account. By booking travel this way, MPs do not need to provide receipts, tickets or evidence for their transactions because all of this information is recorded via the Trainline. You can use your Payment Card (Barclaycard credit card) to purchase travel tickets online or at a station, or you can pay for tickets using your own funds and make a reimbursement claim on the online expenses system. Please remember to always retain your tickets and receipts as evidence, as you will need these for both reimbursement claims and bookings you make using the Payment Card.

The House of Commons also has a Travel Office facility for you to use called Chambers Travel. Chambers Travel is available to make travel bookings for all your travel requirements. You can use your Payment Card to pay, or they can bill IPSA direct. You will meet a representative from Chambers Travel during your induction at the New Members’ Reception Area.

Summary of allowable journeys 

 

London to Constituency

EU Travel

Extended UK Travel

Recall of Parliament

Training

Within constituency travel

Commute

MP[1]

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Staff[2]

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Volunteer[3]

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Dependant/Spouse[4]

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[1] MPs’ European travel is capped at 3 return journeys per financial year to eligible destinations.

[2] Staff travel between London and the constituency is capped at 96 single journeys or 48 return journeys per financial year.

[3] Volunteers are able to claim for the same journeys staff are able to claim for plus their daily commute.

[4] Dependants and spouse travel between London and the constituency is capped at 30 single journeys each or 15 return journeys per financial year.

 

If you have immediate travel questions please speak directly to your IPSA Election Contact or refer to chapter 9 of the Scheme for full details of the travel and subsistence rules.

  
  
  
How to Complete Your Payment Card Form.pdf
  
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MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses Seventh Edition (2015-16).pdf
  
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New MP FAQ's.pdf
  
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Payment Card Terms and Conditions.pdf
  
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Your Travel Quick Guide.pdf
  
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